Erin Taylor is February’s Patient of the Month; she’s shown true commitment to her recovery and is now back doing what she loves! Here is her story:
“In September 2019 I was involved in a horse-riding accident whilst competing in cross country pairs. I came off my horse before a jump with my right foot stuck in the stirrup! Luckily, I landed on my left foot which allowed no other part of my body to be injured. When eventually freeing my right foot, I was unable to stand and paramedics on site recommended that my mum and dad take me straight to the hospital.
I had x-rays and a CT scan which revealed that the Talus bone in my right ankle was shattered and displaced along with the cartilage around it and also had a fracture to my fibula. I was kept in hospital and had surgery a couple of days later; 4 pins put in place to repair the damaged bones. The hospital suggested that it would be at least 6 months before I would be back to my normal self. I was non-weight bearing for 6 weeks in a plaster cast, then had crutches and a boot.
I met Chris Wearing at the beginning of November 2019 and he advised that I have Hydrotherapy until I could walk without the boot. I received Hydrotherapy at Harris & Ross for approx. 6 weeks which allowed me to regain my strength throughout the whole of my leg, and slowly begin to build up the muscles surrounding my joint. Chris pushed me out of my comfort zone and gave me the confidence to perform movements, which I thought I wasn’t ready to do, even though I was. He helped me overcome the mental block and my concerns about applying weight to my ankle again, and this helped me greatly throughout the whole recovery. After Christmas, we began some hands-on physio sessions and not long after, Chris told me that due to the work we had been doing, I may no longer need my crutches – he believed I was ready to walk normally! We straight away began to work on my balance and the bend in my ankle, by performing sports massages and strength exercises regularly, and by January I went back to school – walking completely normally. Then a few weeks after that, at the end of Jan 2020, I felt that I was ready to get back on my horse…….and so with the reassurance of Chris I did!! And now, in March I am back to walking, trotting and cantering as I was in summer.
Looking back now, in September I thought that I wouldn’t be walking until March, yet with the amazing help of Chris, I was not only walking again, but I was riding at the end of January! I cannot thank Chris enough; without his help I would be still struggling to walk and would be nervous about performing sport again.”
Well done Erin for keeping the faith, putting your trust in Chris and working hard!